What the Royal Commission said

The Royal Commission recommends that the Victorian Government:

  1. commission an existing entity to provide dedicated support and resources for innovation in mental health treatment, care and support.
  2. fund this entity to:
    1. administer a dedicated mental health innovation fund for projects selected by an expert panel;
    2. establish and promote collaborative networks to drive and facilitate innovation in mental health treatment, care and support; and
    3. provide practical support to services to implement and test new approaches to mental health treatment, care and support.

What are the opportunities?

This recommendation is linked to Recommendations 63 and 65.

Together they are building an evidence base about what works, and facilitating a culture of innovation to develop, test and pilot new treatment options and models of care.

Dedicated funding to foster innovation is a deliberate step towards cultivating a culture to try new ideas.

What are we doing?

Implementation of this recommendation is not scheduled to commence this year.

This page will be updated when information is available.

The Victorian Government has committed to implementing all recommendations of the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System. Rebuilding Victoria's mental health system is a 10-year reform plan, with implementation being done in a staged and sequential way. The 2021-22 Victorian State Budget invested $3.8 billion in mental health and wellbeing services and responding to the Royal Commission's recommendations.

All work is focused on ensuring Victorians get the mental health treatment, care, and support they deserve.